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The Official Newsletter of the
Shenandoah Valley Chapter #313
Korean War Veterans Association
Volume 14, Issue 09
Paul E. Bombardier,  Editor
September, 2021

(Cont. from p. 6) When Fred rotated back to the States, he was assigned to the Basic Training Command at Ft. Benning, GA. At first, a training officer, and was promoted to first LT, and was assigned to Company Commander of Co. B 7th Bn, 2nd Training Brigade.

        It was then that Fred met Sandra, his wife to be. After a year, he extended for a year and was assigned to the newly formed 7/18th Arty Bn as Battery Commander and later promoted to Captain, after which he became Bn Operations Officer. He really enjoyed being back in Artillery, plus he said it would take that year to get Sandra to marry him. Fred served two years as an enlisted man, and three years as an officer.

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With his service complete, Fred took a job with Stokely-Van Camp Foods in Indianapolis, IN. and after 1-1/2 years was assigned to the Hart, IN. plant as assistant superintendent. While there, they had their three children,

Sandi, Stephanie and Frederick, and Fred was promoted to Plant Manager. Fred held management positions at various other companies and finally worked at Kraft Foods for almost 17 years, retiring in 2008 as Production Coordinator for Kraft’s Kool-Aid Burst drink.

        In retirement, Fred enjoys time with his family, and especially riding his Harley motorcycle all over the country. When Fred and Sandra moved to Winchester in 1980, he knew that his father’s family was from Virginia. His cousin who had done the family tree explained in a letter how their ancestor, Adam Haymaker had settled in Winchester in 1748. He was German, and a well known gunsmith.

        One of Adams great grand-sons Eli Haymaker, Fred’s great grand-father moved to Indiana after the civil War. Eli, Ira P, and Ira L. rest in the Hopewell Presbyterian Cemetery just west of Franklin, IN. It is told that of 26 Civil War veterans in that cemetery, that Eli was the only Confederate.

        Fred is proud of his family, his heritage, and his association with the Korean War Veterans association, and has been Quartermaster of Chapter 313 for many years, for which the Chapter is truly grateful.

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